Findings: Recommendations 7 and 8


Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement report on the Interstate 75 crashes goes into detail about the geography of the Paynes Prairie area and how it leads to frequent problems with visibility.

It also notes the lack of signs along the highway and recommends that fixed, electronic signs be installed. Funds for such signs was approved in the recent legislative session.

The report notes an agreement between the FHP and the FDOT called the Open Roads Policy that calls for opening roadways after a traffic crash “in an urgent manner'' for the safety of responders to the incident as well as motorists.

The policy, however, does not address reopening roads that have been closed because of low visibility or because of crashes that have occurred because of hazards that could resurface, such as environmental conditions.

Further, the report notes that there is a Highway Safety Smoke Management Task Force comprised of several agencies. That task force has not met since the agreement that created it was initiated in 2009.

- Greg Hamilton

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